Last week we posted news that Iafrate released a new tshsirt that featured their logo that looks suspiciously similar to that of the Washington Capitals, stating that it was for fans of “bands that blatantly infringe NHL copyright to produce their own logo.” This led to a few of you emailing us images of other bands that have reappropriated NHL team logos for their own use, and we’d thought we’d share some of them with you here. With any luck, this post will get HockeyPunx (as well as the bands featured) threatened with some fun lawsuits from the NHL brass. We can only hope.
The image to the right was sent to me from Nick (originally from Oakland, CA), who says he came up with the idea of the chaos-spoked-B logo used for the his old “Boston beatdown grind” band INTHESHIT. I didn’t get the chance to listen to this band, so don’t blame me if they’re fucking horrible. Which, with a name like INTHESHIT and a descirption of “beatdown grind,” is fairly likely. But hey, apparently at least one of them is a HockeyPunx fan, so I won’t be too hard on them
For those of you who follow our Twitter feed (and you really should be, as well as our Facebook page), you might remember some months back we found a gig flier for “pop punk” band Man Overboard that parodies the New Jersey Devils logo. I can’t find anything that links the band to any sort of hockey fandom, so it’s likely the flier came from the gig’s promoter and Man Overboard had nothing to do with it, but it’s a nice looking flier none the less.
After seeing this flier, I wanted so bad to like this band. I tracked down the band’s website, and swooned when I learned their motto is “DEFEND POP PUNK.” As a lover of pop punk, I was smitten. And then, I actually listened to the band. Unfortunately, it appears my definition of pop punk and their definition of pop punk vary greatly. When I see “pop punk,” I think bands like The Ergs!, Broadway Calls, The Lawrence Arms, RVIVR, or any number of old Lookout Records bands. But when Man Overboard says “pop punk,” they’re thinking bands more like Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy, and other overly-produced corporate wuss-rock that doesn’t have much at all to do with punk. Bummer, because otherwise I would really love one of those Defend Punk Rock tshirsts.
MOVING ON… You’ve probably heard of hardcore band Comeback Kid. You might even know that they’re from Winnipeg. In which case, you probably wouldn’t be surprised that they have Jets-themed merchandise. Hey, one of you less lazy kids; Go try to get a statement from the newly reformed Winnipeg Jets. Then get back to me, so that I may post their statement here and pretend I actually did something interesting. Journalism!
Speaking of journalism (fuck I rule at transitions), Russ Rankin is a columnist for AMP Magazine. He’s also the former singer for such punk/hardcore bands as Good Riddance, Only Crime, and Creep Division. He’s also a big hockey fan (and according to wikipedia, he’s a “Regional Scout for the Kootenay Ice, a hockey team that competes in the Western Hockey League”). Good Riddance has definitely had some hockey-themed merch, and Rankin’s coolumn header in AMP pays homage to the Devils, as seen below:
Similar to Comeback Kid’s Winnipeg Jets shirt design, New York-based H2O has a New York Rangers themed shirt. There’s really nothing interesting I have to say here.
Know of other punk bands that have stolen hockey logos? Let us know! You can also find an image gallery of hockey-themed punk merch over on the Up The Pucks! Facebook page, and there they also include merch that doesn’t just copy team logos, but that just has anything to do with hockey at all. As well as some band named Steel Nation who basically just put NHL team logos with their name next to it without actually integrating their band’s style into the logo in anyway, which we all know is cheating (I’m looking back at you, H2O shirt I just posted!).
Thanks to those of you who submitted some of these. Keep ‘em coming!